Hamilton – The basketball team of the Trenton Catholic boy on Monday night started another slow start and did not throw the ball very well without a three-pointer in the game.
In the end, however, none of this mattered because of his ability to play a stifling defense, and as a result he was able to move on to a 54-35 victory over Holy Spirit in South Jersey’s semi-final game of Non-Public B.
With the victory Trenton Catholic (21-4) reached the final of South Jersey, which is also a state semifinal match. On Wednesday at 5pm he will play Ranney Prep at Lenape High School
After falling behind, 16-10, after one quarter, it was all iron microphones from there as he kept the Holy Spirit up to 13 points from the start of the second quarter until the time of the rubbish with a couple of minutes left in the fourth
Although Trenton Catholic managed to establish a 25-22 lead at halftime, it was in the third quarter where he really put the screws in the Absecon team, limiting it to just two points in eight minutes.
What made it a little different was that Trenton Catholic was able to take over the game in defense with the usual more passive zone.
“They weren’t very good shooters, and we wanted them not to go in the lane,” said Eric Oliver-Bush of Mike, who led the return in the second quarter, scoring six points in that segment. “We always play well in defense. This is our favorite thing. “
Trenton Catholic is also known for going out for big runs, and in this case he impressed the visitors from 16-2 in the third quarter in which he stepped up his current game.
Cale Maxi and Michael “Doys” Jones scored four points each right after half, and Jamil Morris finished the third quarter with an interception and a slam dunk on which he was fouled.
In his last playoff game, Trenton Catholic received a monster kick from Jones with 35 points. This time he had only 11, but the Morris brothers took the lead: Jamil Morris scored 14 points and Jamal Morris – 10.
It is this balance at both ends of the floor that makes Trenton Catholic so rigid.
“We want you to be annoyed,” said Jamil Morris of his team’s defensive approach. “We wanted to get strong in the second half and get them out of the game.”
At this last point the mission was fully accomplished.
HOLY SPIRIT (35)
Gilliam 3-2-9; Wilkins 5-1-12; S. Kane 3-0-6; Leot 1-0-3; Llanos 1-0-2; E. Kane 1-0-3. Total: 14-3-35.
Trent Catholic (54)
Wright Miles 1-0-2; Jamil Morris 5-4-14; Jones 5-1-11; Stuart-Bethey 2-0-4; Makey 2-1-5; Jamal Morris 3-4-10; Oliver Bush 3-0-6.
Of the Holy Spirit (16-9) 16 6 2 11 – 35
Trent Catholic (21-4) 10 15 16 13 – 54
Three-pointers: Gilliam, Wilkins, Leot, E. Kane.